Cornell Forest Experts Advocate for the Return of Silvopasturing
When one pictures grazing land for cattle, the forest isn't usually what comes to mind, but that's exactly what Cornell Forest Experts are trying to get farmers to imagine. Managed livestock grazing in the woods, known as silvopasturing, could be a beneficial practice for all involved.
To give farmers a greater incentive to convert forested acreage into silvopasture, the New York State Senate recently voted to amend the state's agricultural assessment program to include silvopasturing. Silvopasturing also benefits woodland managers -- livestock can help clear the underbrush and create a more productive stand of timber, said Brett Chedzoy, a CCE agriculture educator.